Vanessa has worked at DMU since 2004, teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She teaches criminal law, human rights law and immigration and refugee law to undergraduates.
Vanessa’s research currently focuses on criminal justice and human rights responses to domestic violence and/or abuse. In particular, she is currently interested in comparative legal responses to coercive control. She has organised conferences in this area with her colleague Sarah Hilder (DMU, Community and Criminal Justice) attended by local, national and international delegates. Both Sarah and Vanessa have a forthcoming edited book collection for 2016 called ‘Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary perspectives on protection, prevention and intervention’ (Palgrave).